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English

Overview

Established in 1948, the Department has been setting a standard both within the college as well as in the larger city educational community regarding innovations in studying and teaching English. Mount Carmel’s Department of English is one of the earliest departments to introduce Literature as a subject in the undergraduate studies. It currently offers an undergraduate dual major in Literature with Psychology; a Master’s in English and will be inaugurating a research department from the coming academic year.

Year of Establishment : 1948

Vision

Create an atmosphere for academic excellence and foster a love for language and literature. Promote liberal education in students, thus empowering them as individuals.

Mission

  • Equip students with communication skills in English.
  • Strengthen their ability to analyse all forms of literary expression.
  • Train students for higher education, careers and research.
  • Empowerment of individuals through education.
  • Foster creative thinking/ reasoning and global competencies among students.

Head of the Department

Dr. Sajitha M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., B.Ed.
Campus Co-ordinator & Associate Professor
Email : english@mccblr.edu.in

2023 – 24

  • Meraki, a festival by the School of Humanities and the Department of English, was celebrated on 10th October, ’23 DJB Auditorium and its basement in the college from 9 to 4 am. There was the release of Writers’ Bloc, the student magazine of the Department of English, the Annual Literary Quiz, the Literary Showcase, an exhibition of creations by Core and GE students, a symposium on the genesis of Kathak by Shri Mysore B Nagaraj, and the open mic event.
  • The Undergraduate Board of Studies meeting was held on 30th September in Boardroom 3 at Mother Theresa Block from 11 am to 1 pm. The new curriculum for sixth semester double major BA for Asian Literatures and Postcolonial Literature as well as British Literature was presented, discussed, amended and passed in the presence of the external members who attended online, comprising of Dr Chitra Panikkar, Professor, from Bengaluru University English Department, Dr Shaheen Ebrahimkutty, Associate Professor, from Alliance University English Department, Dr. Ratnakshi Roy, Assistant Professor from St. Joseph’s University English Department, and the Industry Expert Pooja Sampath, film maker and executive producer. The meeting was chaired by the Head of the Department and attended by all the Department teachers.
  • The Post Graduate Board of Examiners was held on 3rd October for Third Semester, MA English Language and Literature. Dr. Yoganand Rao D was the external examiner. Two faculty members from the Department including the PG Coordinator and MA coordinator completed the committee.
  • On September 13th, 2023, a program called “Dear Donna” was held by Literary Society at the amphitheatre from 8 am to 9 15 am as part of Cultural Week.
  • The Department of English launched an orientation program for final year /ma students on UGC/NET/KSET delivered by Dr. Thirumalesha on September 14th ’23, at Mother of Carmel Seminar Hall.
  • The Department organized a guest lecture on “Navigating World Knowledge: The Crevices of Research and Publication” by Dr. Partha Bhattacharjee on September 15, ’23 via Google Meet online for the literature main students.
  • A faculty member published a research paper on “Traumatized Cyborgs: A Posthumanist Outlook in Pat Cadigan’s Synners “ in the UGC CARE Journal, Anhad Lokh, September 15, ’23.
  • The Department held a talk on Research Methodology for MA English students delivered by Dr. Amrita Banerjee from St. Joseph’s University, Bengaluru, on 19th September, at Golden Jubilee Block Auditorium 1, from 9 to 11 am.
  • A hybrid mode talk on Global Business Essentials: An Introductory Toolkit for Navigating International Relations and Commerce” by Sarthak Mukherjee on September 22nd ’23, for second year General English students Golden Jubilee Block Auditorium 1.
  • The Department of English along with the Film Club and the Department of Communication Studies screened a documentary film “From the Shadows” by the filmmaker and alumna Miriam Chandy Menacherry on September 22nd, ’23, at the Diamond Jubilee Block Auditorium from 9 30 am to 12 pm, followed by an interactive session with the film maker.
  • The Department held a Poetry Writing Workshop by Mamta Sagar, a noted Kannada writer, presently from Srishti Manipal Institute of Art, Design and Technology, on 26th September ’23 at the basement of DJB as an inter-collegiate program.
  • Three faculty members presented excerpts from their ongoing research at a symposium organized in by the Humanities Association, MCC. The event was held on 19 August, 2023, in the VC Room. A faculty member who is part of Humanities Association helped organize the event.
  • A Film Screening of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty was held for 5th Semester students of Psychology and English etc., on 12 -8- 2023, at GJB Auditorium 1.
  • A Film Screening was held of Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis for all II Year II Sem students of Arts, Science and Commerce streams at DBJ Auditorium collaborating with the Film Club on 12 – 08- ‘23.
  • A program Meru Mati Meri Desh was conducted by the Department of English and NSS where Commander C Rajesh was honoured on 14th August 2023 at Public Park, Vasanth Nagar.
  • A Film Screening of Dead Poet’s Society was held by Literary Society at DJB Auditorium on 17th of August for all who could attend from the college.
  • A talk on Dalit literature was given on 18th August 2023 at GJB 2 by Yogesh Maitreya to MA English students and others who could attend including Core English students.
  • The solo play in Kannada and English, Shakespeare’s Wife, was organized and put up/ performed in DJB on 18th August 2023, in collaboration with the Dept. of Kannada.
  • On 21st of August Prof. Jay Ramesh from Columbia University gave a talk online on Narrative and Literary Form in South Asian Religious Literature, open to all students and faculty by Zoom.
  • All the members of the faculty of the English Department attended an FDP Program organized by CLDT, MCC, from August 24th 2023 to 30th August in offline and online sessions.
  • A faculty member successfully submitted her PhD thesis to CMR University on 18 July, 2023.
  • The PG Coordinator was granted PhD supervisor status by Bangalore University, under the aegis of MCC research center.
  • A faculty member did an FDP starting June 29 and extending to 5th July organised by VIT Chennai. The topic was “Contemporary Literary Themes and Techniques”.
  • Mount Carmel College held an FDP for all the teachers from 22nd June to 28th June and 12 teachers from the English Department (MCC) got certificates for participating and completing it successfully.
  • Two of our faculty did FDPs from University of Delhi, from June 18th, 2023 to 2nd July. It was a refresher course in English.
  • A Multidisciplinary Course titled “Travel Literature and Travel Writing” is being conducted by a faculty member. The student strength is 31.
  • Five Master classes were conducted by a faculty member, one at Arch Design College, Rajasthan, dated 19 July, 2023, and the other four at Goethe Institute, Kampala, Uganda, on July 15, 22, and 29, and August 5, 2023.
  • A faculty member presented two papers at the “Race and Environmental Justice Conference” organized by the University of Vienna on 14 July 2023, and the “Reclaiming the Commons Conference” organized by ASLE/AESS at Portland, Oregon, USA, on 9 July 2023. She also published a chapter titled “ ‘I am also a We’: Pathic Communities and the Globalization of Affect in the Wachowskis’ Sense8” in Globalization and Planetary Ethics: New Terrains of Consciousness, Edited by Simi Malhotra et al. Routledge, 2023.
  • A faculty member participated in an international teaching conference organized by St. Joseph’s University, Bengaluru, from the 8th to the 10th of June. On the 9th, there was a workshop that was also attended by her.
  • The textbooks for American Literature and European Literature, 5th Semester, 2023, were created as part of curriculum design and syllabus making as per BoE directions.
  • A faculty member received a certificate for her research publication co-authored with another faculty member on “Scripting Gender through Cinema: Analysis of Indigenized Cinematic Shakespearean Adaptations’ Trailer” in Journal of Namibian Studies (Scopus Publication, June 2023).
  • A faculty member participated in an international virtual short-term program on Teaching, Learning and Research organized by Mindanao State University-Sulu, Philippines, Office of the Internationalization in Collaboration with Cape Comorin Trust, India from 20-24 June 2023.
  • Academic Year 2023-24 started on June 22, 2023.
  • Five new faculty members joined the team, two as part-time.
  • Another faculty member completed her doctorate from Bharathiyar University and was awarded her PhD degree.
  • Three faculty members presented summaries of their doctoral theses at the FDP conducted by the School of Humanities, MCC on 28 June, 2023.
  • PG intake for this academic year has increased to 50 students with 1 male student.
  • A faculty member received a certificate of appreciation for her talk “Understanding Santhals from an Insider’s View” organized by Ispell Sahityik Sataang.

2022 – 23

  • Co-organised a Platinum Jubilee event “Famous beyond Words” a talk and exhibition with the Shakespearewallah of Mysuru Prof B. N. Balajee on 18th August 2022.
  • Organised an interactive session with Saga Fiction on 24th August 2022. The discussion centred on author Jonita Davis’s novel Carrying On.
  • Launched the Literary Showcase Meraki on 10th September 2022 which featured the literary output of the literature students over the previous year, as well as the Annual Literary Quiz and an Open Mic.
  • Department of English organised its first Student Exchange Programme under the Academic and Networking Collaborations proposal of the Xavier Board of Higher Education in India. The second year MA students from Sacred Heart Arts and Science College, Perani, Villupuram, Tamil Nadu participated in this week-long exchange held from 14th November 2022 – 19th November 2022.
  • Organised an Alumna Talk – “No, it’s not a Cult – A Brief Introduction to Fan Studies” by Ms Asna K M on 13th January 2023.
  • The Gauri Lankesh Study Circle held a discussion on “Feminism for the 99 %” on 20th January 2023.
  • Organised the Annual Inter-collegiate Literary Festival Amatora on 9th and 10th March 2023. Amatora is an upgrade on the previous fest Apostrophe in that it is both Academic and Competitive.

2021 – 22

  • Launched the Alumni Speak Series – I on 27th August 2021. The talk was “An Interactive Session: ‘Higher Studies Abroad’” was helmed by the Speakers: Ms Asna K M, Ms Christeena Anto and Ms Ankitha V.
  • Special Talk for MA students on “The 3Ts: Translate, Transcreate, Transliterate” by Ms Keerthi Ramachandra on 21st and 22nd October 2021.

2020 – 21

  • National Webinar on “Intellectual Traditions and Critical Discourses: An Introduction” – 8th June 2020 to 16th June 2020.
  • Workshop – “Looks and Gaze in Film Theory”.
  • Annual one day literary fest Apostrophe held in the hybrid format.

2019 – 20

  • Worksop – On Translations – August 2019.
  • Annual one day inter-collegiate literary fest Apostrophe on 14th January 2020.
  • Writer’s Bloc – second edition released.

2018 – 19

  • UGC Sponsored Post Graduate Seminar – “Rethinking Contemporary India: A Dialogue through Culture, Literature and Language” – July 2018.
  • Workshop: Slam Poetry – August 2018.
  • Annual one day inter-collegiate literary fest Apostrophe on 4th December 2018.
  • Launch of the department in-house magazine – Writer’s Bloc.
  • A robust Master’s programme with an interdisciplinary focus in the curriculum structure.
  • Qualified faculty with diverse research interests.
  • Recognised research centre.
  • The literary festival Amatora, designed with an academic and competitive focus, is run by the literature students (UG & PG) so as to hone their skills in various domains.
  • Meraki, the student showcase – displays the work students create in the course of the academic year.
  • In house magazine Writer’s Bloc to promote literary pursuits of the student body.
Sr.-Sajitha

Dr. Sr. Sajitha

M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., B.Ed.

HOD & Associate Professor

Sheryl

Ms. Sheryl Puthur

M.A., NET.

Co-ordinator(UG) & Assistant Professor

Vinitha

Dr. I Vinitha Chandra

M.A., Ph.D.

Co-ordinator(PG) & Assistant Professor

Mamtha

Dr. Mamata V Freeman

M.A., B.Ed., M.Phil., KSET., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Aditi

Dr. Aditi Chatterjee

M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Dr-Latha

Dr. Latha S

M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Sreevidya

Dr. Sreevidya Surendran

M.A., Ph.D., NET.

Assistant Professor

Koshy

Dr. Koshy A V

M.A., NET(JRF)., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Ashima Sona

Dr. Ashima Solanki Sona

M.A., MBA(Tourism)., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Priyanka Dutta

Dr. Priyanka Dutta

M.A., KSET., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Ronika Mukherjee

Dr. Ronika Mukherjee

M.A., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Rianka

Ms. Rianka Sarkar

M.A., NET, (Pursuing Ph.D) .

Assistant Professor

Nithya

Ms . Nithya Rajesh

M.A., M.Phil., TESOL, KSET, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Nalini Harish

Dr. Nalini Harish

M.A., KSET., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Cecilia Osyanju

Dr. Cecilia N Osyanju

B.Ed., M.Ed., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Paromita

Dr. Paromita Patranobish

M.A., M.Phil., NET(JRF)., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Fansta Fernando

Ms. Fansta Fernando C

M.A., M.Phil., Pursuing Ph.D.

Lecturer

Placement Policy & Guidelines for Students

The Placement Policy is applicable to all students registered with the Placement Cell of Mount Carmel College, Autonomous, and is to be followed during their entire tenure at the college.

  1. The Placement Officer & the Placement Coordinator are the facilitators and counsellors for placement related activities and will be responsible for all concerned activities & functioning of the Placement Cell.
  2. The Student Placement Committee will be assisting the Placement Officer & the Placement Coordinator in all activities related to placements.
  3. Neither the College nor the Placement Cell guarantees a job. The Placement Cell will facilitate and coordinate the placement activities on campus including bringing in companies, coordinating the recruitment drives, organizing recruitment training and other related activities leading to the successful placements of the deserving students.
  4. Applying for a company, getting recruited, joining a company is entirely the responsibility/decision of the student concerned.
  5. Opting to register for placements is completely the choice of the students. As some would want to pursue higher studies or other opportunities, such students can refrain from registering with the Placement Cell.
  6. Students are required to check the ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA for registering with the Placement Cell before registering.
  7. All final year students with an aggregate score of 60% and above and with NO ACTIVE BACKLOGS are eligible to register for placements.
  8. All registered students are required to MANDATORILY attend the recruitment training conducted by the Placement Cell and meet the necessary threshold of 75% attendance and 80% completion of the practice tests & assessments to qualify for applying to the cos. Failing to qualify may result in re-training of the student at an additional cost which is to be borne at actuals by the concerned student.
  9. The Placement Cell will notify all the registered students about the upcoming recruitment drives through mails and Whatsapp group notifications and not individually. The students are to be alert and keep a track of the notifications and apply as per their interest and eligibility.
  10. Once a student registers/enrolls for a particular company, she is expected to complete the entire recruitment process as relevant and required. Failing to do so, will result in the student being debarred from sitting for further recruitment drives. Exceptions will be made at the sole discretion of the Placement Cell only in genuine cases. Such cases/reasons to be formally communicated to the Placement Office over mail at least one day prior to the drive.
  11. The student has a choice not to participate in the recruitment process of a company after attending the Pre-Placement Talk. If she decides to continue, then she will be bound by the College Placement Policy to attend the rest of the recruitment process of the company as stated above.
  12. Students will not be allowed to participate in the selection process of a company for which she has missed the PPT.
  13. While the Placement Cell will do its due diligence and bring in the right companies, it is the responsibility of every student to check the company profile, eligibility, Job Profile and the Job Role before applying. The same will also be mailed and/or updated on the Notice Boards or social media groups.
    a. Ex 1- If a company requires the applicant to have an average of 70%, be well assured that you meet the criteria before applying to that company.
    b. Ex 2- If the company requires you to have NO standing arrears/backlogs at the time of attending the placement process, kindly DO NOT APPLY to the company if you do not meet this criterion.
  14. If, after being selected by a company, for some reason the student is not satisfied either with the pay, the timings, work allotted, etc during onboarding, she will need to take it up with the concerned within the company. The Placement Cell will not be able to intervene in internal matters. However, it is important that the students reach out to us in case there are major deviations from the terms mentioned by the company at the time of recruitment.
  15. A student can apply to as many companies as she wants and appear for interviews until the first job is secured. A student will be considered to have secured a job if her name appears in the final select list of a company.
  16. The Placement Office of MCC follows a strict “ONE OFFER PER STUDENT” Policy. However, if a student has been offered a job with a CTC less than or equal to INR 2 lakhs PA, she can opt to apply for ONE more company, subject to prior formal approval by the Placement Office.
  17. Once a student’s name appears in the final selects of a company, it is obligatory for the student to accept the offer. Rejecting offers is strictly not allowed. Defaulters will be required to submit a letter to the Principal along with a penalty fee which could be equivalent to one month’s salary being offered by the said company.
  18. Recruitment Process: All companies generally follow the following procedure (however they could be exceptions) –
    a. Presentation about the company & Job Profile (Pre-Placement Talk)
    b. Written Exam (Aptitude / Technical Test)
    c. Group Discussion and/or Task (Assignments)
    d. Interview (Technical/HR/Others)
    e. Verification of Documents
    f. Offer Letter
  19. Students are to strictly ensure the following for all recruitment drives:
    a. Must report on time as mentioned in the schedules
    b. Wear Business Formals for every recruitment process. Students wearing casuals during recruitment process will be sent back
    c. Always carry one folder containing resumes (2-3 copies), passport size photos, copies of mark sheets, certificates & stationery
    d. Compulsorily carry College & Govt. ID Cards
  20. Most companies require applicants to have Govt. ID – Aadhar & PAN. Hence it is advised for all students to apply for these before registering for placements.
    Students are not allowed to contact the Company / HR team directly for any reason through the recruitment process. In case of any issues or concerns, they are advised to contact their Placement Office and discuss their problems.
  21. Strict action will be taken against students found to be engaged in maligning the College or the Placement Office with the companies. Any grievances you may have, are to be brought to the notice of the of the Placement Officer for resolution.
  22. If a student makes any false claims in the Resume/Student Registration Form, her registration will be cancelled immediately and job offer if any, will be revoked.
  23. All companies conduct a thorough background check/verification. If the company finds that you have manipulated your marks / documents in any manner/or mis-represented any information, your job offer will be terminated, and your name will be blacklisted.
  24. Strict discipline needs to be followed by every student during the recruitment process. Any sort of indecent behavior/misbehavior which affects the decorum of the Placement Cell or the reputation of the College or the Company, will attract severe penalty and disqualification.
  25. Unless explicitly permitted by the companies, use of mobile phones is strictly prohibited during the recruitment process.
  26. Malpractice in all forms or marking proxies during the selection process and beyond, is strictly prohibited and those caught indulging in such activities would be debarred from the placement process. Also, note that no concessions in any form shall be made in such cases.
  27. It may happen that the campus recruitment process can stretch till late evenings. Students are required and prepared to be available accordingly. In case of off-line drives, students are to inform their parents and should arrange their own transportation.
  28. In case of virtual (online) recruitment drives, it is the responsibility of the students to ensure they have the necessary equipment (laptop/PC with functional webcam and mic) and sufficient internet bandwidth for seamless conduction of the process.
  29. Students are required to provide correct email IDs and contact numbers at the time of registration. These will be used for all communication from the Placement Cell and the recruiting companies. The onus is on the students to ensure the contact details provided are correct and up to date.
  30. Students are advised to check their mails regularly as all communication related to placements will be sent through mails.
  31. It is mandatory that once you receive an Intent Letter/Offer Letter from the Company, a copy must be submitted to the Placement Office. Failing which, the end semester examination Hall Ticket/results will be withheld.
  32. All students registered for placements will be bounded by the Attendance Policy of the College. Any exception to the above is permitted only through formal approval of the Placement Office and the respective Department Heads.

WE EXPECT OUR STUDENTS TO BE PROFESSIONAL AND UPHOLD THE VALUES OF THE COLLEGE AT ALL TIMES.

For all matters not covered in the above policy, the Placement Office will use its discretion to take appropriate decisions as and when required.

The above guidelines are to ensure a smooth process in the best interest of our students and the participating companies.

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